Faulty floor closes part of Clitheroe hospital just three months after £7.8million building opened

Part of Clitheroe Community Hospital has been closed

Part of Clitheroe Community Hospital has been closed

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

PART of the new Clitheroe Community Hospital has been closed due to a fault with the flooring – just three months after the £7.8 million building opened.

Ten beds have closed after bosses discovered part of the floor had disbonded and caused the vinyl to bubble, but East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) said no patients have been turned away as a result.

Eric Wright Construction, which built the hospital, said it was ‘working very hard to rectify’ the problem.

Martin Morgan, director of estates and facilities at ELHT, said: “This is clearly unacceptable and poses a trip hazard to patients, staff and visitors.

“Currently 10 beds are out of use on Ribblesdale Ward while work is carried out with the priority to re-open as soon as possible.

“The construction company and the trust have requested an independent investigation by a specialist contractor, who has now inspected the flooring across the whole of the hospital.

“A programme of remedial work is due to begin.”

Patient care has not been affected, he added.

Russ McLean, chairman of the Pennine Lancashire Patient Voices Group, said: “This sounds quite worrying given the amount of money that was spent on this building.

“You would think all the relevant checks would be carried out before it opened, to make sure things like this don’t happen.

“I do think the hospital is a fabulous new resource, so this is a shame.”

John Wilson, managing director of Eric Wright Construction, said: “Three months after completing the facility, we became aware of some issues relating to the floor finishes.

“Working closely with our client and professional team, we have discovered a technical issue relating to the screed, which we are now working very hard to rectify.

“This has unfortunately meant the temporary closure of a small number of rooms within the facility however we are phasing the replacement to ensure no impact on patient care.”

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12:20pm Mon 25 Aug 14

xxxx1969uk says...

I am not surprised about the flooring issue as there is also an issue at Rossendale Health centre regarding the vinyl bubbling up in the physio department. Again Eric Wright managing the site.
I am not surprised about the flooring issue as there is also an issue at Rossendale Health centre regarding the vinyl bubbling up in the physio department. Again Eric Wright managing the site. xxxx1969uk
  • Score: 3

1:01pm Mon 25 Aug 14

drunken donut says...

Buy cheap, buy twice.
Buy cheap, buy twice. drunken donut
  • Score: 7

1:35pm Mon 25 Aug 14

petestan says...

How can there not be an issue with patients, there are 10 beds that can't be used that means patients, like my mum, who are currently in Royal Blackburn but who are waiting to be transferred to Clitheroe can't be transferred because there are no free beds.
How can there not be an issue with patients, there are 10 beds that can't be used that means patients, like my mum, who are currently in Royal Blackburn but who are waiting to be transferred to Clitheroe can't be transferred because there are no free beds. petestan
  • Score: 11

1:46pm Mon 25 Aug 14

petestan says...

drunken donut wrote:
Buy cheap, buy twice.
Unfortunately this is what happens when things get put out to tender, the cheapest bid wins the work.
[quote][p][bold]drunken donut[/bold] wrote: Buy cheap, buy twice.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately this is what happens when things get put out to tender, the cheapest bid wins the work. petestan
  • Score: 3

5:39pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Forever Blue says...

Absolute shambles from the first week it was opened staff have been complaining about the heating in the building it’s like a sauna over 100 degrees some days inside they are not surprised the floor is coming up.
The East lancs NHS trust and the main contractor have been informed from the first week there was problems but they just ignore the issues how do these people keep a job.
Absolute shambles from the first week it was opened staff have been complaining about the heating in the building it’s like a sauna over 100 degrees some days inside they are not surprised the floor is coming up. The East lancs NHS trust and the main contractor have been informed from the first week there was problems but they just ignore the issues how do these people keep a job. Forever Blue
  • Score: 5

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